Testimonials

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"I was fortunate to recently work with Bernadette on a storytelling project. Her blog posts resonated with me greatly and I hoped she could help my team with storytelling tools and techniques. What I received was far more. Not only did I get useful tools to help tell stories throughout our process; but her philosophy helped me see the larger impact I could have within my company. Bernadette took the marketing and business “speak" we so often used and transformed it into my department’s raison d’être. She helped open my eyes to the habitual thinking that was dragging us into the same feedback loop, and understand why we had difficulty finding new solutions. Her teachings, instruction and leadership helped me to see with new eyes....to put my feet in the consumer’s shoes, and finally to create impact through storytelling. Lastly, Bernadette is a joy to work with - passionate, fun, and relatable."

— Antonio Zea, Director of Innovation Adidas

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"We weren’t exactly sure what our brand needed, but we knew that we were missing something. So we started working with Bernadette, in hopes of learning how to brand ourselves better. By the end of our consultations, we had created a 60-second, crystal-clear elevator pitch, crafted a written manifesto, and boosted our confidence in our message. Bernadette gave us the perspective and insight we needed to tell our story — and be the best version of our brand we believe to be possible."

— Shannon Whitehead & Kristen Glenn, Founders of {r}evolution apparel

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“Bernadette sees the clever and memorable in every idea. She hones in on words & visuals that not only help you tell your story to others, but to yourself. Oh, and did I mention that “clever” comes with a healthy dose of strategy? Bernadette isn’t smoke & mirrors — her words, ideas, and strategy are incredibly concrete and valuable."

— Tara Gentile, The You Economist & Author of The Art of Earning

"Bernadette is astonishingly talented at distilling the finest essence of a message. The British Paraorchestra - the world's first large pan-disabled ensemble - is a many splendored-thing; it has multiple contours and dimensions. Bernadette managed, in the shortest imaginable time, to express the beating heart of the thing with brilliant, succinct eloquence. This focus was the first step in a journey which led to the British Paraorchestra playing a vital role in the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, in front of a global audience of hundreds of millions. We shall forever be grateful."

— Charles Hazelwood, Founder British Paraorchestra

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"To be brutally honest, most of us lawyers are generally skeptical about "creative types" and "marketing gurus". But Bernadette? She blew me away. She gave shape and form to nebulous concepts with discipline, rigour and professionalism. No fluff, to the point, worth every penny."

— Melissa Kirby, Lawyer & Strategist Sharpe & Abel

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"Bernadette changed the way I saw my business. She helped me to identify what it was and what it wasn't, and gave me fresh eyes with which to approach it. With her help, I developed a greater understanding of exactly what I was trying to achieve and why, and that has helped me to market my product - and sell it! - far more effectively than I had been. Her offering is a no holds barred assessment of business strengths and weaknesses, and her knowledge and enthusiasm is evident throughout the process. I can't thank her enough for her wisdom and insight!"

— Anna Spargo-Ryan, Founder & Editor of Bide Magazine

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“I doubled my income while working less hours. I appreciate your presence in my life this year. It has been transformative!"

— Heather Spriggs, Gatherings Magazine

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"When I discovered that I'd been selected to audition for TED 2013, I knew I was going to need help. I had a story to tell, but no idea how to craft it in a way that would be engaging and interesting - especially when I only had 5 minutes to speak! I sent my notes to Bernadette and in just 24 hours she came back with a brilliant opening lines - AND she had crafted my notes into an engaging story that I couldn't wait to share. On the day of my TED audition, I was given a standing ovation and I have no doubt that it was because Bernadette took my ideas and made them into something inspirational and understandable."

— Chantelle Baxter, Co-Founder of One Girl and The Launch Pad Project

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"Thanks for all the advice and clarity you offered during our session. The way you phrased some of your questions helped flick a switch in my brain. Suddenly, I was able to join the dots and there were light bulbs going off all around the place. The clarity and focus I feel makes me excited and I know this is what I’ve been waiting for. Thank you, thank you, thank you."

— Deborah Holland, Co-Founder of Smith Holland UK

"Bernadette not only came up with the perfect title for my book, but inspired me to write it. She was also instrumental in the cover design, branding, and positioning. Bernadette is a brilliant strategist."

— J. David Stein, Author of Money For The Rest Of Us

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"When I first heard about Bernadette, I was looking for someone to view my business through unbiased eyes and to give me feedback about the message I was projecting. She quickly brought to light that the "message we were projecting" was far from the story we needed to tell. I knew something was missing, and after my consultation with Bernadette, I came to realize that something was me. I grew up in a corporate culture of the 80's and 90's where you needed to separate yourself from your business. In order to be successful you had to speak the corporate jargon. After my engaging conversation with Bernadette, I felt like I was given permission to be myself within my business. She helped reconnect me to the business I started 11 years ago."

— Laura Kelly, CEO of The Handwork Studio

"Only one session with Bernadette and I can say that there is a before and an after in the way I see my business and myself as a business woman. I have left this one single session with two different types of outcomes, one tangible and one intangible. The tangible is a well structured action plan, with clear steps that will allow me to double my profits in the next couple months. The intangible is the new perception about the value of what I have to offer the world and rock solid confidence about it. In an area where I felt there was clutter and self-doubt, Bernadette has been like a flashlight pointing out to the direction I had to follow, a direction that resonates deep inside. I am now able to communicate my mission clearly, boldly and meaningfully and this is bringing new business opportunities every week. It feels like magic. Thank you!"

— Hana Kanjaa, Founder MiMamaMe

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"I wasn't sure what to expect when we started, but I got what I needed and then some. Working with you was worth every penny, and it was an investment I know is going to return back to me in spades. It is rare when someone exceeds your service expectations, so thank you!"

— Julie Hedlund, Author and Founder of The 12x12 Author Challenge

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"Bernadette has the ability to help you filter through all the noise… all the things you think you ‘should’ put in a brand story. She helps you find your true and authentic message underneath, it all that makes you realise you do have something unique to offer. In a very noisy world with information being thrown at us 24/7, it is invaluable to get to the bottom of ‘you’ when communicating the essence of your brand."

— Alexx Stuart, Founder, Luxury Tastings

"When you are looking for a clear signal among the noise, contact Bernadette. She came highly recommended to me and I was charmed from the get-go. She's extremely perceptive, patient and delivers straight up advice. She makes you feel strong and gives you permission to be honest with your self. You'll receive amazing nuggets of just-for-you resources, clear next steps and what surprised me the most: she checks in on you. Priceless. I spent one hour with her months ago and her words are still with me, cheering me on."

— Deb Pang Davis, Founder Cococello

"Here's a blog that succeeds brilliantly in balancing the expertise of the blogger with valuable, original, engaging content. Arresting headlines, considered imagery and a clearly nurtured and active readership make The Story of Telling a blog that's easy to get into and hard to escape. One of the commenters on the blog likens Bernadette Jiwa to 'a female Seth Godin' and I have to agree. A terrific example of a business blog that must do so much for the author's business."

— Robert Gerrish, Best Australian Blog Judge

"Need help figuring out your story and how to tell it? Get in touch with Bernadette — there's no one better. She helped us massively. Great insight. Great skills. She'll help you find what really matters."

— Dave McKinney, Founder of Discovr

“It was an absolute delight working with Bernadette on the naming of my brand. She was very quick to get to the crux of my passions and business idea, and proposed solutions that were astute, inspiring and spot on. Her enthusiasm, commitment and sense of fun shine through in a suitably professional manner. So if you’re looking for a good dose of inspiration for your idea I can absolutely recommend working with Bernadette.“

— Samantha Tyers, Founder Really Savvy

“Bernadette’s approach is dif­fer­ent and unique. She can look at a busi­ness from a com­pletely new angle and recre­ate what her clients are pas­sion­ate about and what their cus­tomers are des­per­ately search­ing for."

— Paula Anderson, Tel­stra Busi­ness Woman of the Year Final­ist 2010

“To be totally honest, I can’t express just how elated I am to have been able to work with you. Your contribution to the foundations of the business is beyond words! Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

— Julia Moses, Director of One Twenty Eighty

“Do your­self a favor and read at least five posts from Bernadette Jiwa. You’ll swear you're read­ing posts from Seth Godin. She’s that good.”

— Stanford Smith, VP of Mar­ket­ing at Flu­ency Media

"You're a rock star."

— Seth Godin,

"Bernadette gave us a clearer understanding of our business, some excellent resources to support it, and a great name! Her abilities were essential to this process: she listened deeply and was very perceptive. Her insightful questions helped us focus and clarify. Her integrity and generosity were obvious. She has taken our dream one step closer to reality. Thank you for everything and for 'getting us' better than we get ourselves."

— Janis Johnstone, tomorrow is

"I've always thought there must be at least two of her because of all the energy she exudes to everyone lucky enough to work with her."

— Bob Poole, Author of Listen First Sell Later

"Bernadette came highly recommended. Just one hour with her and I felt more focused and excited about my project. It was the best hour ever. She took the time to ask questions and really listen to how I wanted things to look with the project. We got way more accomplished in that hour than I ever could have imagined. She is simply amazing!"

— Melissa Vest, Art Does Good

"It was a pleasure working with someone as creative as you and I’m sure we will be in touch as we are expanding and growing – will need your expertise!!!!

— Debbie DeFiddes,

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